Abe Aide Hints At Delay In Consumption Tax Hike

Abe aide hints at delay in consumption tax hike

A close aide to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has hinted at the possibility of delaying a consumption tax hike scheduled for October.

The government is preparing to increase the tax from 8 to 10 percent on October 1, but comments by the Liberal Democratic Party's Acting Secretary General, Koichi Hagiuda, have cast doubt on that plan.

Abe Expresses Sorrow Over Notre-dame Fire

Abe expresses sorrow over Notre-Dame fire

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed sorrow over the damage caused by the fire at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, and said the Japanese stand in solidarity with the French people.

In a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, Abe said the cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a symbol of Paris and is beloved by people throughout the world.

Abe Visits Fukushima Soccer Training Facility

Abe visits Fukushima soccer training facility

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited a soccer training facility in Fukushima Prefecture to see how reconstruction has progressed since the 2011 nuclear accident.

The J-Village training facility was used as an operational base for decommissioning work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Abe Visits Fukushima Daiichi Plant

Abe visits Fukushima Daiichi plant

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government will continue the task of decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The nuclear accident at the plant in 2011 was triggered by an earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan.

Abe visited Fukushima Prefecture on Sunday to inspect the decommissioning work and the ongoing reconstruction of the prefecture.

Abe Appoints New Olympics Minister

Abe appoints new Olympics minister

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he plans to reappoint Shunichi Suzuki as minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Suzuki will replace Yoshitaka Sakurada, who resigned on Wednesday over a comment that seemingly belittled reconstruction efforts in northeastern Japan.

Abe Meets Crown Prince After New Era Name Chosen

Abe meets Crown Prince after new era name chosen

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Crown Prince Naruhito at his residence in Tokyo on Monday.

The prime minister is believed to have explained how the new era name, Reiwa, was chosen on April 1. The government has said Reiwa means "beautiful harmony" in English.

Abe On Resignation Of State Minister

Abe on resignation of state minister

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged all cabinet members to renew their sense of responsibility and take a more serious attitude in order to respond to the people's mandate.

Abe spoke to reporters on Friday after State Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ichiro Tsukada offered to step down over comments he made about a road construction project. The prime minister also said that keeping the public's trust is the most important aspect working for the government.

Abe: Deputy Minister Should Explain His Comments

Abe: Deputy minister should explain his comments

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says a deputy land minister under fire for his comments over a road project involving Abe's constituency should fully explain himself. Abe said his comments were problematic but that he should continue performing his duties.

The remark in question was made earlier this week by Ichiro Tsukada, State Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

Abe Calls For Strategies To Cut Greenhouse Gases

Abe calls for strategies to cut greenhouse gases

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has instructed Cabinet ministers to draw up long-term strategies to cut greenhouse gas emissions by the time the G20 summit convenes in Osaka in June.

The 2016 Paris Agreement on climate change aims to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to virtually zero in the second half of this century. Signatory nations are required to submit their strategies by 2020.

Suga To Announce New Era Name, Abe To Comment

Suga to announce new era name, Abe to comment

The Japanese government plans to have its top spokesperson announce the name for the era of the nation's new emperor next Monday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is to make the announcement after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet endorses the new era name. This will be followed by comments from Abe.

Abe, Okinawa Governor Meet Over Base Relocation

Abe, Okinawa Governor meet over base relocation

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki has demanded that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suspend landfill work for the relocation of a US military base within the southern prefecture. The prime minister asked the governor for his understanding of the relocation project, while agreeing to continue dialogue with the prefecture.

Abe met with Tamaki on Tuesday in Tokyo and discussed relocation of the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City, to the less-populated Henoko district in Nago City.

Abe Calls For Eradicating Child Abuse

Abe calls for eradicating child abuse

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has instructed cabinet ministers to use all available means to eradicate child abuse.

Abe told a meeting of relevant ministers on Tuesday that reports of child abuse are rising every year.

Abe Speaks At National Defense Academy

Abe speaks at National Defense Academy

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has spoken of his determination to maintain Japan's superiority in the areas of cyber and space defense.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony of the National Defense Academy on Sunday, Abe said the security environment surrounding Japan has become increasingly difficult and uncertain.